NBA Betting News and Notes Monday 11/12
NBA Betting News and Notes Monday 11/12
Heat at Rockets: What Bettors Need to Know
Miami Heat at Houston Rockets (+5, 196)
After losing their first two home games, the Houston Rockets attempt to even their record at the Toyota Center on Monday, when they host the reigning champion Miami Heat. Houston dropped home decisions to Portland and Denver before beginning its three-game homestand with a 96-82 triumph over winless Detroit on Saturday. The victory, which halted a three-game overall skid, came under assistant Kelvin Sampson as head coach Kevin McHale took a leave of absence earlier in the day to deal with a family matter.
Miami is hitting the midway point of its six-game road trip. The Heat began the trek Friday with a six-point victory in Atlanta before being trounced in Memphis on Sunday. Chris Bosh scored a team-high 22 points as Miami never led in the contest, and experienced an end to their four-game winning streak.
ABOUT THE HEAT (5-2, 4-3 ATS): Miami was blitzed by Memphis from 3-point range as the Grizzlies were 14-of-24 from beyond the arc. Wayne Ellington accounted for half of Memphis' 3-pointers. "They hit a few 3s. Then Wayne got going and hit some back-burning 3s as well," said LeBron James, who scored 20 points on 10-of-19 shooting. "Then they hit a few at the end of the shot clock, too." Dwyane Wade returned from a one-game absence due to an illness and struggled, hitting only 3-of-15 shots.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS (3-3, 3-3 ATS): James Harden scored a team-high 20 points and Marcus Morris was 6-of-7 for 12 points off the bench as Houston cruised to the 14-point victory Saturday. Rookies Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas made their NBA debuts, scoring five and three points, respectively. Forward Chandler Parsons has at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. The Rockets, who have lost five straight meetings with Miami, have won a franchise-record 32 straight games in which they hold their opponent under 90 points.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Houston.
* Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
1. The clubs split the first 50 games in the all-time series, with Houston posting a 14-10 record at home.
2. Miami has been held under 95 points twice this season, losing both contests.
3. The Rockets are 3-0 against the Eastern Conference but 0-3 versus the West.
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Utah at Toronto
The Toronto Raptors have lost five of six to start the regular season cashing two tickets for bettors (2-4 ATS). This week’s early action sees Raptors hosting Utah Jazz on Monday before the Raps head to Indiana to take on Pacers. Jazz have tipped things off winning 3-of-7 both straight up and against-the-spread but remain winless on the road (0-4 SU/ATS). Toronto actually won their lone meeting with Utah last season but remain on a 1-12 skid against the Jazz (2-11 ATS) including 0-6 SU/ATS playing north of the border. Doesn't get easier Tuesday. The Raptors losing their season opener to the Pacers have not only lost seven of eight in the series (3-5 ATS) but are winless in seven trips to Indiana (0-7, 1-6 ATS). Raptors 2-10 (7-5 ATS) on the second of a back-to-back situation won't help.
Oklahoma City at Detroit
Finishing it's six-game road swing with a 96-82 loss at Houston on Saturday the miss-firing Pistons (0-7, 3-4 ATS) return to 'The Palace of Auburn Hills' to face Oklahoma. It may take more than 'Nitroglycerin' to get these Pistons fired up enough to keep up with Durant, Westbrook and company. Thunder have won seven straight (2-5 ATS) in the series including a 105-94 victory in Oklahoma City on Friday. Thunder 6-4 ATS as a road favorite playing without rest, 5-3 ATS away vs a Central Division foe are worth a second look.
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NBA Odds, Picks and Trends: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
By: The Linemakers
We’ll never question how good the Miami Heat are. There’s a good reason why they’re an 8-to-5 favorite to repeat as NBA champions. They’re clearly the best team in the league, but it’s still fair to question what is wrong with them on the road during the early stages of the season.
They’re 1-2 road record wouldn’t necessarily be so bad if it weren’t for the drastic changes in their scoring compared to what they do at home. In four home games, the Heat have averaged 116 points, using their new pass-and-shoot offense. However, on the road, that same system has produced an average of 88 points in three road games.
“It’s no big deal, you can‘t put too much in it.” said LVH SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman. “These guys go through the motions sometimes during the regular season because their real season starts in the playoffs. At this stage of the season, it’s pretty common to see good teams have up-and-down nights.“
The Heat lost by 18 Sunday in Memphis, and they’re 5-point favorites Monday at Houston, which brings up an interesting stat pointed out by professor Ed Meyer, who has an endless supply of trends for all sports. The Heat, according to Meyer, are 0-7 all-time in back-to-back situations coming off a loss where LeBron James was not the leading scorer.
The Rockets burst onto the scene with two wins to start the season, as James Harden scored 82 points over the two games. But they then proceeded to lose three straight before beating the hapless Pistons Saturday night. They are 3-0 against Eastern Conference teams, but 0-3 against the West.
The Jazz have won and covered two of the past three meetings with the Raptors. Utah is 2.5-point favorites in Toronto tonight.
The 76ers and Bucks have gone UNDER the total in six of their past seven meetings. The total in tonight’s game in Philly is 189.
The Thunder have won their past four games against the Pistons, but covered only twice. OKC is laying 6.5 points in Detroit.
The Bulls have covered 18 of their past 24 when playing three consecutive homes. Chicago is 2.5-point home chalk against Boston.
The Mavericks have won four of their past six meetings with the T’Wolves, but the T’wolves have gotten the money in four of the games. Dallas is a 7-point favorite hosting Minnesota this evening.
The Nuggets have covered five of the past six meetings with the Suns. Denver is a 3-point favorite in Phoenix tonight.
The Hawks have won and covered three of their past four against the Blazers, and all four of the games have stayed UNDER the total. Atlanta is getting 2.5 points, and the total is 194, in tonight’s game in Portland.
The Lakers remain at 4-to-1 to win the NBA title after signing Mike D’Antoni as head coach. Even though the Lakers were reeling, the sports books had more liability built up on them than any team in the league. That’s partly because there are so many southern California visitors to Las Vegas who routinely bet the Lakers every season, but the big boom came when Dwight Howard joined the organization.
Second-year guard Jimmer Fredette doesn’t get a lot of time off the bench for the Kings, and in two instances this season, he hasn’t got any minutes at all. He’s averaged only eight minutes a game, but Sunday night against the Lakers, he made the most of his 11 minutes by leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. The Kings lost on the road again, 103-90, but you have to wonder why Fredette doesn’t get more playing time when looking at some of the other disasters in the Kings rotation, like turnover machine Isaiah Thomas. Fredette is making 64 percent of his field goals and 50 percent from 3-point range on the season, and he‘s only had one turnover – the big knock against him – in his past four games.
Part of the reason Fredette got to play those minutes was because the Kings were a man down with center DeMarcus Cousins getting suspended two games for an altercation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliott after Friday’s loss to the Spurs. Elliott made a reference during the broadcast about how Tim Duncan responds to young trash talkers in the league, and apparently Cousins didn’t like Elliott’s tone and left the locker room to confront Elliott in a hostile manner.
Wayne Ellington has been languishing around the NBA for the past three seasons without a lot of contributions. Remember him? He was one of the main forces on the North Carolina’s 2009 national championship team. Well, he’s finally found a home with the Grizzlies, who acquired him in a trade with the T’Wolves in the offseason. On Sunday, he scored a career-high 25 points to lead Memphis to a 104-86 pounding of the defending NBA champion Heat.
T’Wolves forward Chase Budinger tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in Saturday’s game against the Bulls and will have surgery this week with no return date set. Budinger was averaging a career high 11.8 points per game. He joins teammates Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on the sidelines.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) is out tonight against the Jazz.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (hip) is doubtful tonight against the Celtics.